Smith and Wesson M&P 40 cal.


Pawnee Drifter
November 1, 2006, 09:48 AM
I am looking at the Smith and Wesson M&P 40 caliber double action semi-auto pistol. I have been told at the gun shops that it is a toss up between the Springfield XD and the Smith and to choose the one that feels best to me. I would appreciate any opinions, good or bad, from those who own or have shot the Smith and or the XD. Thanks.

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November 1, 2006, 10:00 AM
I own both, but in 9mm.

I prefer the M&P because:
1) superior trigger. It's got the travel of a SA trigger with the weight of a DA trigger.
2) No trigger pull required for take down: There's a sear disconnect lever inside the chamber you can pull to release the sear
3) It's made in America. (Enough said!)

November 1, 2006, 10:00 AM
I've shot it at the S&W range. I'm not really a fan of .40 cal, but this was a nice, regonomic gun for me and it seemed to shoot softer than other .40s I've shot.

I like it!

November 1, 2006, 10:59 AM
Truly a phenomenal tool. Very ergonomic and very good at absorbing/disguising recoil. Very maintenance friendly - like all polymer tools, actually, cost friendly and S&W service is extremely responsive. I saved the best for last considering all of the above criteria has been satisfactorily met: It's conceived, designed, developed, manufactured and assembled in the USA.

Sent my 9 back for loose front sight. Came back with Tritiums. Those, too, worked themselves loose. Problem was the dovetail cut too large. They replaced the slide. While it was away for service I bought another.

Anyone interested in a NIB P226R NSW-9 and a used P226 NSW?

Yep, I think it's that good.

November 1, 2006, 04:33 PM
I've had a 40 cal M&P for over a month and it's worked fine, not one jam after close to 1,000 rounds. The interchangable backstraps are nice too.

The gun is slim and fits the hand very well, and like others have said the trigger has a great feel to it and recoil isn't bad at all. It's been a great gun.

I don't have any experience with the XD though.

November 1, 2006, 07:15 PM
welcome to THR!

I can't help you with the s&w M&P because i haven't even held one ir seen one for that matter, in person. but it is a weapon from a very reputable company that makes wonderful weapons.

The xd's however i can lend you alot of first hand experience and knowledge.
1st thing to consider is the sa life time warranty, does s&w have the same? they might, but also right off the bat the xd comes with xd gear, three mags, holster, double mag carrier, loading tool etc, there aren't to many companies that do that for you.

my xd 4" service model .40 cal. I love it for one because it fits me, and it shoots great, i couldn't ask for a better weapon. it is reliable,and after over 3,000rds I have not had a single issue that was to the fault of the pistol, but to the reloads that I was shooting(undercharged rds) i have shot through it every kind of ammo, that is offered by the ammo companies, and lots of reloads to boot. everything from cone nose lead rds, round nose lead rds, fmj, jhp of every make and type, 155- 180gr bullet weights i have again never had a single issue with the gun at all. It is great, all around gun and i am positive that you would be happy with either, but when it comes to polymer handguns xd is the only way to go, and yes i have owned others. happy hunting, and please let us know what you decide, i hope this helps.

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